Codes & Standards

 

Essential to the work of the electrical contractor is knowledge of the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Installation Standards and additional standards and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others. Here is a list of all our articles on codes and standards listed chronologically by issue date. 

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Send questions to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 Kitchen GFCIs


A friend recently sent me an email with this picture (right) of a manual fire alarm pull station mounted on the side of an electrical panelboard. My friend was inspecting the fire alarm system and was accompanied by the electrician who had installed both the fire alarm and electrical systems.

All of the chapters in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contain tables, but not all of the chapters contain articles. Chapter 9 does not contain any articles; this last chapter only contains tables. The first of two articles in Chapter 1 is Article 100, Definitions.

Reducing differences of potential between conductive equipment or other objects and ground (earth) helps minimize shock hazards in normal circuit operation.

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Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
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Expanding Rules: Available Short-Circuit Current Requirements in the NEC


Available short-circuit current requirements were either added or changed in a number of locations in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).


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General Installation Requirements, Part XXIX

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